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Flash Flood Walk-Through

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

Flood waters entering a home through the outside door. Our Goal: Preventing damages in our community. But when disasters strike, we are here to help restore things back to pre-damage conditions.

FLASH FLOODING CAN HAPPEN WITHIN A FEW HOURS OR EVEN MINUTES

So far this year we have an an abundant amount of rain and lack of sunshine to dry everything up. Jackson, Ms is currently having flooding issues with the rising of Pearl River from all the rain, damaging homes and businesses that are in low-lying areas. Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia, Ms can have the same flooding issues in low-lying areas, whether you're close to a water source or not. Don't wait until it's raining and it doesn't stop and waters start to rise.

BEFORE THE FLOOD:

  1. Have a qualified professional elevate the furnace, water heater and electric panel if susceptible to flooding.
  2. Install "check valves" in sewer traps to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your home or business.
  3. Seal walls in basement with waterproofing compounds to help avoid seepage.

DURING THE FLOOD:

  1. Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so.
  2. Disconnect electrical appliances!
  3. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
  4. Do not walk through moving water- even six inches of moving water can make you fall.

AFTER THE FLOOD:

  1. Listen for news reports to learn if the community's water supply is safe to drink.
  2. Avoid floodwaters- water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline or raw sewage.  Water may also be electrically charged.
  3. Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.
  4. Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.

Should your home or business be affected by the recent significant rain fall or flooding....Call SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia.  We are always here to help!

Storm Prep: Crawl Spaces

7/14/2021 (Permalink)

Be Prepared

Preparation is the Key. There is no homeowner that can be too prepared, especially those who purchase new homes. It is so important to pay attention to new homes these days, because even the slightest problems give water access to unprotected materials used during construction. 
 
SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia can get confused for just a carpet cleaning service, but we are so much more. We offer a variety of services to help dry your entire home, including crawl spaces and other hard to reach areas.

Crawl Spaces:

Depending on the foundation of your home, more than likely when you open your crawl space access, you'll find a dirt floor underneath. You may also find puddles of standing water, bugs, rodents, and little to no ventilation. 
 
At SERVPRO, we can provide you with crawl space encapsulation services. Our professional services involve the use of recent technology to separate the crawl space from the ground using a high-quality vapor barrier; this creates an additional layer that protects your home from outdoor elements. 
 
Our highly trained technicians perform a full inspection to determine the state of your crawl space before doing anything else. This involves locating and repairing any possible water problems that exist, along with cleaning, mold, and pest remediation services before encapsulating, to help avoid leaving vermin or fungi behind that can destroy the seal around the barrier we create. 
 
SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia can fully encapsulate your crawl space and install high-quality dehumidifiers to help regulate the temperature that exists, this often reduces foundation cracks, interior drywall cracks, developing uneven floors and produces great results your family can enjoy. 
 
Contact SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia for additional information or to obtain the services you need today.

(601) 823-1100

Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia Carpet Cleaning Professionals

7/14/2021 (Permalink)

Picture of a dirty carpet. Furniture removed from the carpet shows the difference in color due to filth. Yikes! Do you really know what your carpet looks like? Don't get used to filth, call SERVPRO!

Fresh and Clean

When investing in a nice carpet, you want it to last. After while, even the nicest carpets begin to soil.  We want to help you protect your investment. 

Professional Cleaning

Professional cleaning can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets. 

How often will I need professional cleaning?

Depends on soil build-up, traffic, type and color of carpeting. A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpet every 12 months.

Best thing to do:

Clean carpets before they become totally saturated with soil. If you wait until carpets look really dirty, the carpets may never be restored to their former appearance. Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile, causing damage to the carpet. When a carpet is saturated with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged.

SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia will get the job done right. For a cleaning backed by state-of-the-art equipment, we have experienced Professionals trained to the highest standards to handle carpet and upholstery cleaning from New Hebron, MS to Osyka, Ms and Columbia, MS to McCall Creek, MS and all areas in between.

Call SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery. (601) 823-1100 

We are always here to help.

Green Team is Clean Team: We Disinfect and Sanitize

5/1/2021 (Permalink)

One of our products SERVPROXIDETM is our proprietary hospital-grade disinfectant registered with the EPA. It is a stabilized chlorine dioxide-based antimicrobial which carries the EPA’s lowest toxicity rating. The product itself doesn’t carry any fragrances other than a mild cleaning odor which dissipates quickly making it a great product for people with chemical or odor sensitivities. There are many different applications for SERVPROXIDETM. It can eliminate odors through disinfecting and oxidation rather than just covering them up. That can be done by applying the product directly with towels or through misting or spraying which is often used when we clean HVAC systems. It has even been utilized in electrostatic spraying for an even application on surfaces inside buildings. In fact, SERVPROXIDETM is the disinfectant we have used when we have been asked to clean and disinfect COVID-19 in homes and businesses here in Brookhaven, McComb or Columbia areas. The CDC recommends the usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar types of organisms to COVID-19 and SERVPROXIDE has EPA-approved claims against things like Feline coronavirus, Canine coronavirus, staphylococcus, E.coli, Salmonella, Rotavirus, and Swine flu. When you use SERVPRO, you can have rest at ease knowing that our team is using hospital-grade disinfectant registered with the EPA. Our chemists are even able to advise us in unorthodox situations to utilize our suite of cleaning products to clean and deodorize even the strongest and strangest combination of smells and soils.

2021 Thunderstorm Facts

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

Thunder storm myths and facts SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia is always here to give you the facts!

Types of Thunderstorms

It’s important to note that thunderstorms do not always produce moisture. A storm in which you see lightning and hear thunder but never feel a drop of water is known as a “dry” thunderstorm. Thunderstorms that produce hail and tornadoes are known as “supercell” storms. Storms occur either in clusters or lines; therefore, they may present as a single thunderstorm or as multiple thunderstorms hitting one after the other.

Causes

Thunderstorms are caused when moisture from the lower or mid-level part of the atmosphere mixes with warm, unstable air from the ground. Moisture and air then push upwards into the higher atmosphere to form clouds that produce thunder and lightning, as well as potential precipitation. Spring, summer and fall are most conducive to thunderstorms because the sun heats the ground and moisture is more perceptible in the air, especially in humid climates.

Thunderstorms must also be lifted to begin their formation. Some sources of lift include:

  • More heat on the ground than in the air
  • Changes in atmospheric conditions near mountains
  • Weather front changes caused by clashing cold and hot air
  • Drylines, or when moist and dry air clash
  • Land or sea breezes

Any of these situations can immediately create a thunderstorm without warning, even in the middle of a clear blue day. In many cases, these storms will also be accompanied by lightning. Most will not come with hail or tornadoes, unless they occur in tornado-prone states such as Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Missouri.

Fire Restoration—What to Expect

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

Before and after of soot removal SERVPRO has not only the professional products but also the eye for detail to restore your fire damage content.

Fire Damage

Smoke and soot affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia understands your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings are the very things that make a house a home.

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals specialize in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Their expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. They pretest your belongings to determine what items they can restore to pre-fire condition.

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire damage, SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. A move-out has several benefits, including:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, they will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage. 

Electronic Cleanup

Fire-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard. Do not attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by fire. Smoke residues can contain acids that corrode metal surfaces. If the residues are not removed, corrosion causes electronic failure in the device. 

The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician

Document/Photograph Drying

When you're valuable documents, including photographs, are damaged by water or fire, extreme caution should be taken to help ensure the fire damage does not destroy the document. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-fire damage condition, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can save a great deal and help minimize additional damage. Learn more about our document restoration services.

Call SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia for your fire remediation process! (601) 823-1100 

Fire Pit Safety Tips

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

Mississippian's favorite weather

We sure are loving this warmer yet cool weather. This time of year is one of the best because it is time to break out the fire pits. We know this is a great way to gather friends and family around in the backyard during the warmer months. Burgers on the grill, drinks in hand, and some background music is a sure way to have everyone in a good mood. Here is some quick and simple fire pit safety tips to keep the fire bright and the mood light:
  1. Clear all flammable materials away from your fire pit. Make sure it’s kept 10 feet away from the home or building. 
  2. Pile dirt or rocks to keep the fire on the ground from escaping 
  3. Before lighting your fire, check the wind direction. If it’s too windy, do not light your fire pit as the wind can cause the flames to travel.
  4. Contrary to popular belief, lighting fluid is not safe for lighting a fire pit. Use a commercial fire starter kick with kindling on top. 
  5. Once the fire pit is lit, never leave it unattended and never leave children or pets near the fire pit without adult supervision.
  6. Avoid  softwoods like pine or cedar to prevent flying sparks and flame “pops”, 
  7. Only put enough fuel to keep the fire burning gently to prevent flare-ups and uncontrollable flames. 
  8. To extinguish the flames, use water to drown out the fire and stir it with a shovel to make sure it’s fully extinguished. Use the shovel to extinguish any escaped flames as well
  9. Dispose of the ashes in a metal can use only for fire pit ash storage. Careful, even after a few days the ashes are still hot enough to cause a fire. 
  10. Accidents happen, even with the correct preventative measures taken. Having a fire extinguisher nearby can greatly reduce the risk of the fire getting out of control. 

Business Tip: Prepare for the Worst

4/15/2021 (Permalink)

50% of that may never reopen suffer from a disaster. Preparing for the worst will help your business in the end.

Preparation Tips for Your Business

Though you hope a fire never affects your business in Brookhaven, McComb or Columbia, MS, fires can occur without warning and can quickly cause damage. As a business owner or manager, it’s helpful to know fire preparation approaches to take to keep your business and those around you safe.

1. Check Your Equipment

As you prepare your business for a fire, it’s important to take preventative steps to protect yourself, those around you and your business. Make sure all electrical equipment in the building is maintained as needed to lessen the chance of an electrical fire. It’s also important to check that the smoke alarms in your building are working and to change smoke alarm batteries yearly. If your smoke alarm hasn’t been replaced in ten years or more, it’s time for a replacement.

2. Protect Your Data

When it comes to fire preparation, it can be easy to forget about protecting information that is crucial to your business. Storing important documents in fire-resistant, water-resistant containers can help keep documents from becoming damage. It’s also helpful to have extra copies of documents. With any electronic information, make sure to have backups so you can access information elsewhere.

3. Have a Plan

Knowing what to do in the event of an emergency is an important element of any disaster preparation plan. Make sure you know what routes to take if a fire starts in your building to escape. Make sure your employees and those around you are also aware of what to do in the event of a fire. Implementing fire drills every so often can help to keep you and those around you prepared in case a fire occurs. Creating an ERP with SERVPRO will also speed up the restoration process in case damage does occur.

Fire preparation can help you prepare your business for fires and for other emergencies. In the event that your business has already sustained damage from a fire, it might be helpful to work with fire damage restoration professionals, such as SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia, who can help you restore your building.

(601) 823-1100

Knowing More Saves More

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damages home in rubble. When all seems lost, our team is here to help!

What To Do?

If you receive a call from a client today with a fire loss, what would you do?

You have a fire loss on one of your properties OR you have a fire at your own personal property?

Here is some helpful information that might help you be prepared.

Statistics:

Fire claims spike during the months of November - February.

On average, Fire causes over $12.4 billion in property damage annually.

Top 5 Causes of Fire loss:

  • Cooking equipment
  • Heating equipment
  • Intentional
  • Electrical distribution & lighting equipment
  • Smoking materials

What to do after the fire is out:

You need a Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration company like SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia.

Why not a Contractor?

Mitigate, clean, & restore FIRST! Then repair and rebuild.

SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia can handle it all -One Stop Shop.

Our services also include:

BOARDUP!
Many times, the home or building must be secured immediately BEFORE anything else.

Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia (601) 823-1100

Spring Cleaning Help

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

Spring Cleaning text graphic SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb and Columbia spring cleans all year long!

Every house hold knows what time of the year it is.

Yes, Spring Cleaning!

The day has arrived where it feels nice outside and you give your home or business that deep cleaning it's been needing all year. But here at SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia, we want you to keep your home or business in good condition all year long!

Helpful Spring-Cleaning Tips

OFFICE:

  • Divide your work space into zones:
    Determine how you want and need to use the space and set up zones for your daily functions. You may require a work space for your computer, a library area for your research, a storage area for supplies and a filing area for your archives. This will provide a foundation for a more efficient use of space.
  • Keep only what you need at arm's length: Boxes of pens, stacks of papers and old coffee cups need to go. Rid your desk of visual clutter by paring down the items on top to the essentials only. Supplies, paperwork and personal items should be kept in the zones you've establishes for them.
  • Create a daily paper system:
    Consider creating hanging files or baskets labeled "to read," "to do," and "to file." Establish set days for each, so that you don't get behind or feel the overwhelming need to do everything at once.
  • Sort your catch-all drawer:
    Use drawer dividers to give everything a place, like compartments for paperclips and rubber bands. Go through the drawer every six weeks and clear out anything that is out of place or isn't being used.
  • Eliminate digital clutter:
    Digital clutter can be just as stressful as physical clutter. Organize digital files and your email inbox just as you would paper files- with a system of logical and clearly labeled folders. Also, keep the icons on your desktop to a bare minimum, and trade in sticky notes on your monitor for calendar reminders.
  • Disinfect regularly:
    Prevent the buildup of dust, dirt, food stains and fingerprints. Wipe down your desk, phone, keyboard and monitor once a week with disinfecting wipes

Tell us how these helpful tips work out for you by sending us a message on Facebook!

Can't do it all yourself? We don't expect you to. Call (601) 823-1100 and schedule a time for us to give your home or business a professional cleaning.